November 13th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Bidens, Cheneys meet in Washington

 The Cheneys and Bidens met Thursday.
The Cheneys and Bidens met Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrived at their future home at Washington's Naval Observatory Thursday afternoon and were greeted as they exited their black SUV by its current residents, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne.

The couples shook hands as Mrs. Cheney arranged the photo-op on the front porch, telling Mrs. Biden, “Now Jill, I was told that you were to be in the middle.”

As the foursome headed inside for what was billed as a private meeting followed by a tour of the mansion, a reporter asked Biden if he had been there before.

“I’ve been on the ground floor a couple times,” Biden responded.

Afterwards, a spokeswoman for the vice president wrote in a statement that the meeting lasted 50 minutes and that "it was a good visit."

"Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne were pleased to welcome Vice President-elect Biden and his wife Jill to the Naval Observatory this afternoon," said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. "It was a good visit. The Cheneys enjoyed giving the Bidens a tour of the residence and wished them well as they make it their home in January."

A spokesperson for Biden also said the visit went well.

"The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne at the Naval Observatory this evening. The Bidens thank the Cheneys for welcoming them into their home and for their gracious hospitality," said spokesperson for the Vice President-elect Elizabeth Alexander.

Chances are most of Biden's visits to the residence did not come over the past eight years. The future vice president has been a regular and fervent critic of Cheney, calling him “the most dangerous vice president probably in American history” at the vice presidential debate in early October.

In that same debate, Biden accused Cheney of not understanding that constitution says the job of VP falls under the Executive Branch. In his speech at the Democratic convention, he also joked about Cheney’s understanding of the document.

“For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring the pledge to uphold the law and honor the Constitution,” Biden said. “No longer will you hear the eight most-dreaded words in the English language, ‘The vice president’s office is on the phone.’”

The Delaware senator also couldn’t resist poking fun at the vice president when campaigning at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington in mid-October.

“I want to thank you for making this stadium today change, temporarily changing the name from Cheney Stadium to Obama-Biden Stadium for the day,” said Biden. “Besides, if it was Cheney Stadium, we’d be at an undisclosed location. You’d never have been able to find us.”

Biden used Cheney’s November 1 speech in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin to further the Democratic ticket’s case that their Republican opponents would continue the current administration’s failed policies, saying, “It’s not surprising. Dick Cheney has been wrong on everything for the last eight years, he’s on a roll.”

Cheney took on a far more powerful role as vice president than his predecessors had. Biden has said that he hopes to be a ‘confidante’ to president-elect Barack Obama, in the room for the important decisions and offering his judgment.

As for his new home: Biden has said he will still regularly go home to Delaware, though his grandchildren who live nearby in Washington are excited about the move because the new house has a pool.


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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. dizizi31

    is it me or does VP Cheney left side looks like he had a stroke?

    November 13, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. JollyRoger...To Dan in Fl

    This is to Dan in Florida -
    You can't possibly be a real Republican, trying to throw the economy in the Dem's face after Bush bankrupts the nation while letting the economy crumble to ruins. Look at the Bank's, Auto makers etc etc. They all survived the Great Depression, but without us moving toward Socialism, they'll all collapse, what a mess. So what did our guy McCain do – he picked Palin over Romney who actually had something real to offer our ticket! Give me a break! Reagan wouldn't even recognize this party at this point. We can't blame this on somebody else, but yes, things will get worse unless Obama is a miracle worker, but Sara Six Pack would not have had any answer's. People might not be happy with what happens the next four years, but they're as likely to vote for the Green Party as the GOP if the best we can offer is Palin!

    November 14, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. davidpollan

    if ever a couple who deserved each other its lynn and dick...these people exude venom in every fiber of their being...

    as for the rest of the venomous snakes in the right wing lair that's occupied our consciousness for the last 8 years of a nightmarish hell, good riddance!... i firmly believe that dick cheney did hold an evil sway over W; W isn't a bad man, just stupid. Now Dick and Lynn, they're just plain E.V.I.L. unchristianlike people in THE BIGGEST WAY POSSIBLE!

    November 14, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. Tom

    The hair plugged buffoon and serial plagiarist has a perfect record of being on the wrong side of every issue critical to the United States. He was on the wrong side of every issue during the Cold War. He was on the wrong side of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. He was on the wrong side of America's liberation of Kuwait. He was on the wrong side of America's liberation of Iraq. The poor fool makes communist Vice President Henry Wallace look like a genius.

    November 14, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Roberto

    Why isn't the Christian right on the warpath about the Cheney's lesbian daughter having a child? Isn't that part of their mantra that gay couples should be prohibited from having or adopting children. So they should be marching to the Cheney residence with torches and pitchforks. Could it be some of that typical Republican hypocrisy?

    November 14, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  6. Mike

    God. Duhbama and Biden. What a joke.

    November 14, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Kevin

    what's with all the hate?

    November 14, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. carolyn jackson, tn

    WHY IS IT THAT WHEN V.P. ELECT JOE BIDEN IS BEING GIVEN A TOUR OF HIS NEW RESIDENTIAL PALACE......THE CAMERAS DON'T SHOW ON T.V. THE ROOMS COMPARED TO PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA. THE MEDIA SHOWED ALL OBAMA'S PRIVACY BY SHOWING THE BEDROOMS OF WHERE THEY WILL BE STAYING......AND THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN HISTORY, BUT YET THE MEDIA DIDN'T SHOW BIDEN'S BEDROOMS......THAT'S NOT RIGHT AT ALL

    November 14, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
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